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Assistant Professor Forestry/Silviculture

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Posting Details

Posting Number 700002
Working Title Assistant Professor Forestry/Silviculture
Advertised Employing Department Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment B - Faculty (9 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date Negotiable, no later than January 1, 2018
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 9
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Iowa State University seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in forestry/silviculture at the assistant professor level. The position is a 9-month appointment and has responsibilities in teaching, research, and service (a standard appointment is 45%, 45%, and 10%, respectively).

The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching courses that contribute to departmental academic priorities, including silviculture, assisting in dendrology, and other courses in the undergraduate natural resources curricula. Teaching also includes developing a graduate course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Responsibilities will include mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students and participation in a 3-week fall camp.

Additionally, the individual will develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program in silviculture and management of Midwestern forests. Collaborations with private industry, commodity organizations, county conservation boards, non-governmental organizations, and Iowa Department of Natural Resource staff are encouraged.

The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Required Education and Experience

Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. by start date in forestry, or a closely related forestry field and research experience related to siliviculture and/or forest management.

Preferred Education and Experience

- Publication record
- Post-doctoral experience
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based, collaborative environment
- Grant writing experience and the ability to obtain external funding support for research activities
- Demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching in forestry/silviculture courses

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description

The NREM Department is housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which is dedicated to the Land Grant missions of teaching, research, and Extension. The department is broad in scope, with >500 undergraduate students in 2 majors, Animal Ecology and Forestry, and graduate majors in Fisheries Biology, Forestry, and Wildlife Ecology. Faculty also contribute to several interdepartmental graduate programs including Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Genetics and Genomics, Immunobiology, Microbiology, and Sustainable Agriculture. The department houses the U.S. Geological Survey’s Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see<>).

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All faculty members are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, and university activities and collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Tammy Porter
Department Contact Phone 515-294-4772
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
2) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
3) Statements of research and teaching philosophies
4) Unofficial graduate transcripts from all institutions attended (attach as “other documents”)
5) Names, addresses, emails and phone numbers for three references

Additionally as part of our application process, we are requesting a minimum of 3 but not more than 5 letters of reference. Please provide the names and email addresses for your references in the Reference Letter section of the employment application. Upon request for interview, an automated email will be generated and sent to your references with instructions on how to attach the reference letter to your application through a confidential on-line portal.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 02/27/2017
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Professor - 1700
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching and/or Research Interests
  4. Other Document(s) 1
  5. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents